1941, the Germans are constantly moving forward. Admittedly, they talked about the Soviet soldiers being on the march to Warsaw, but unfortunately, it’s just a rumor as many others. Meanwhile, they are really moving forward. They are moving as if nothing could stop them. [...]
I was asked today to give one more lesson, precisely a German lesson at a school friend’s, Engel. I am going to have 40 Pf [pfenning] per hour. I don’t know yet how many hours a week. Anyway, the dough will be very useful. Especially now when it’s getting harder at home.
With food in the ghetto, it is as bad as before. Admittedly, they have given the share this week: 8 dkg of butter and one egg (sensation! Since last year there haven’t been any eggs for the ghetto inhabitants), but with food, let’s say “ordinary”, it’s bad. There are almost no potatoes, there are no vegetables, in one word: nothing decent to eat.
Dawid Sierakowiak, Łódź
“The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak”, Warsaw 1960, diary from JHI’s collections